I always knew the hammer throw was a special sport, but HMMR Media science correspondent Zach Hazen just explained to me why.
Hazen is one of the smartest guys I know. Not only is he an aerospace engineer and a self-coached thrower approaching 70-meters, but his team the Chicken Whisperers designed and flew the world record setting aircraft at this summer’s Red Bull Flugtag. Watch a video here.
Recently he emailed me with an interesting analysis he did. Based on his calculations, more kinetic energy is imparted to the hammer than any other throwing implement he analyzed. For those like me that get lost when people start talking about physics, the kinetic energy of an object is the energy it possesses because of its motion. This may sound like a little convoluted claim to fame, but as Hazen puts it, energy is everything.
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